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Poster: tmb Date: Dec 2, 2002 10:01am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: How to tell if book is in Public Domain ??

1 - How can one verify that a book is in the public domain?

2 - What about poems & short stories & jokes ?

thanks for any help.

tmb

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbrewster Date: Dec 2, 2002 11:26am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: How to tell if book is in Public Domain ??

The best source I have seen is a the book Public Domain on Nolo Press.

warning: I am not a lawyer.

In the US, books before 1923 are PD. books between 1923 and 1964 are only copyrighted if they were reregistered with LC. We will be working on getting all this online and coordinated, but right now it is klunky to research.

-brewster

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Poster: jeffbarnes Date: Dec 29, 2002 7:58pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: How to tell if book is in Public Domain ??

That's not always true. A copyright holder or their heirs can apply for an extension to the copyright (disney, winnie the pooh, all examples). you should check with the copyright office (www.copyright.gov) and either do a check yourself or have them do one. you should also check with the original author and/or their heirs.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Dec 30, 2002 7:03am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: How to tell if book is in Public Domain ??

Tangentially, you bring up the interesting policy of the LOC of not (officially) saving the results of their searches so that there is no catalog of public domain works.

I've been told by a friend who does copyright clearance work at LOC that the staff does keep unofficial records to save themselves the work of having to look things up more than once. They do still charge you the full amount for the search.

Anyway, not having a catalog of public domain works makes the IA's job much harder as they will have to do the research themselves. And only paper records before '76? I think Brewster makes an understatement when he says

I think this shows how little the LOC values our public domain.

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Poster: Rick Bender Date: Apr 24, 2003 5:27pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: How to tell if book is in Public Domain ??

WHat about if a book is PD in Canada but not yet in the US? Apparently it's 50 years, not 95. So would it be legal to print a book, say in Toronto, whose copyright expired in Canada in 2002, but illegal to export it to the US?

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